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Becoming a doctor
Thinking of becoming a doctor? Find out what qualifications you need and learn more about your potential career path. Medicine is a caring profession...

Becoming a radiographer
Interested in becoming a radiographer? Here are answers to commonly asked questions about courses, qualifications and employment prospects. Why become...

How to apply to medical school
Milap Rughani, a fourth year medical student, talks about life as a student and gives some handy tips on applying to do medicine. My aim is to let you...

Is it worth applying to medical school?
Darren Leaning, a medical student, describes some of the challenges he went through applying to university and explains why he’s glad he made it. Why...

UK medical schools
Thinking of applying to do medicine but don’t know where? Research your options online. Most medical schools have their own website which allows you...

Find the right medical school for you
UKMS is a website that aims to help you make the best decisions about medical school. The site is a free online community run by three medical students...

Guidelines for medical school applications
Find out what personal characteristics, work experience and level of academic ability make for a successful medical school application. The Medical Schools...

Personal statements for medical school
Apart from achieving the required grades at A-level, your personal statement is the single most important factor on the road to medical school. Here’s...

UKCAT explained
The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is used in the selection process by some UK university medical and dental schools.

What is BMAT?
Passing the BMAT exam could be your golden ticket to studying medicine or veterinary medicine at the most exclusive universities. Read on to find out...

BMAT top tips
Students wanting to study medicine or veterinary medicine at the most exclusive universities only get one shot each year at the BMAT. Read these tips...

Why is medical work experience so important?
Want to stand out from the crowd? Work experience is a great way to impress admissions tutors and gives you a chance to discover what you enjoy doing....

How to get medical work experience
Andy Carson-Stevens, a second year medic at Cardiff University, explains how you can create your own work experience opportunities. I’m always surprised...

What is a pre-medical year?
Do you want to study medicine? Were your A-levels good but not in science subjects? Or are you worried that you are the first in your family to go to...

Funding for NHS courses
The NHS provide bursaries to help you get through the final years of a medicine or dentistry degree and other courses leading to careers in allied health...

Extra cash for medical students
Didn't get as much as you were expecting for your NHS bursary? Don't fret. Thanks to a new bursary scheme open to all medical students, you shouldn't...

The highs and lows of medicine
Philip Brooks tells the truth about life as a medical student – take a look and find out what you can expect from your time at university. My (non-medic)...

Studying medicine
How many med students does it take to chisel someone's head off? Find out about the highs and lows of med school. Kerry chose to study medicine at Sheffield...

Choosing a medical specialty
If you want to be a doctor, it’s never too soon to start thinking about one of the biggest choices of your career.

Medical electives
An elective can be one of the most exciting parts of your medical training. Read on for our guide to making the most out of this life-changing experience....

Vicky Hargest: Life as a medical and pre-medical student
Medical student Vicky Hargest has kept a journal of her time studying medicine at Sheffield University. Here she sheds light on all aspects of the course....

Life as a pre-medical student: Getting started
Vicky Hargest shares her experiences as a pre-medical student. So now that Fresher’s week is over how will she settle into university life, and where...

Life as a pre-medical student: Freshers' week
Vicky Hargest, a pre-medical student, shares her experiences with us. She tells us that most of the paperwork to be filled out at the beginning of a course...

Life as a pre-medical student: A typical week
Vicky Hargest tells us about the typical week of a pre-medical student. As she gets into the routine set by her timetable will it be all she expected...

Life as a pre-medical student: Coursework
Vicky Hargest continues to share her experiences as a pre-medical student. This time the focus is on coursework and Vicky explains why she’s become...

Life as a pre-medical student: Clinical skills
Vicky Hargest tells us about her experiences as a pre-medical student. This time her year group visits a clinical skills centre and Vicky gets a taste...

Life as a pre-medical student: Dissection
Vicky Hargest tells us about experiences as a pre-medical student. This time she gets to grips with dissection, a subject not for the faint-hearted. Human...

Life as a pre-medical student: Exams
Pre-medical student Vicky Hargest shares her experiences. This time the exam season has begun and Vicky uses all kinds of revision tips and tricks to...

Life as a pre-medical student: Summer 'holidays'
Vicky Hargest continues to share her experiences as a pre-medical student. Here she describes how to make the most out of the summer break. I naively...

Life as a medical student: Introducing medicine
“Having completed the pre-med foundation year and enjoyed a summer break, I have now found myself in a completely new environment,” explains Vicky...

Life as a medical student: Beyond lectures
“Lectures and clinical demonstrations make up a large proportion of the teaching at Sheffield, but what keeps this course really interesting is the...

Life as a medical student: Clinical demonstrations
“During my IMMS (Introduction to Medicine and Medical Science) there have been a number of introductory lectures which give an overview of the body...

Life as a medical student: MSK anatomy
Medical student Vicky Hargest talks about the 600 bones in the human body, and why this module is not just about broken legs and hip replacements. “The...

Life as a medical student: Patient encounters
Medical student, Vicky Hargest, looks at patient interviews, and explains how they can provide doctors with valuable skills. During the non-clinical years...

Life as a medical student: Student selected components (SSCs)
“Student selected components (SSCs) are exactly as the name suggests,” begins Vicky Hargest, medical student. Throughout the first year we are given...

Life as a medical student: End of first year
“My first year at medical school has gone in a flash and yet I feel I have acquired so much knowledge,” says Vicky Hargest, medical student. Over...

Life as a medical student: Second year
“After a summer spent both working and relaxing I was looking forward to starting the second year of the course and catching up with friend,” says...

Life as a medical student: Orthopaedics placements and OSCE exams
From heart murmurs, to broken bones and enlarged livers, medicine student Vicky Hargest reflects on what she's learned in her introduction to clinical...

Life as a medical student: Clinical placements
Medical student Vicky Hargest has finally reached the clinical years of her degree. Here she talks about performing examinations, taking histories and...

Life as a medical student: Working with patients
“Student selected components (SSCs) are not just about research and essays; they are also designed to offer us clinical exposure and patient interaction...

Life as a medical student: Palliative care
Medical student Vicky Hargest looks at dying, and why we’re so reluctant to talk about it. As the second year of medicine was coming to an end students...

Going from medical school to junior doctor
Dr. Vicky Donkin gives her firsthand advice on how to handle the pressure – and the paperwork – during this big leap in your medical career.

UK dental schools
If you’re thinking of becoming a dentist, take a look at the websites of some of the dental schools listed below to find out about the different courses...

Studying veterinary science
A second year vet student sheds light on what it’s like being a student: studying, socialising and spending. David opted to study veterinary science...

Studying pharmacy
Elizabeth Robinson, shares her experience as a second year pharmacy student at Keele University. Studying pharmacy at university often involves a full...

Taste of medicine
St George’s University has a great website offering information on all you can expect from a career in medicine but with a twist. According to the...

Student BMJ
Student BMJ is a monthly medical journal for students with an interest in medicine. You can access information on all aspects of life as a medical student...

Getting NHS work experience
Work experience isn’t just a great way to find out what working for the NHS is really like – it’s a great way to get some solid skills to put on your CV and boost your job application as well. Get some inside tips from NHS Learning Support Officer Alison Langley on getting in, and what to expect when you’re there.

Conversion courses for medicine
If you want to go into medicine but you're already studying something else, don't despair - graduate entry can give you a way in.

Studying healthcare science
Studying the Practitioner Training Programme is one of the first steps to a career in healthcare science. Read on as University of Southampton student Georgie explains what to expect from the course, and where it can lead.

Life as a dental student
Studying dentistry involves more than just learning about teeth. Budgeting, socialising and time management are all important skills for any successful...

Studying dentistry
Find out how to get onto a dentistry course and what it will involve.